Decker Fire update: 2 structures and 10 sq mi national forest land burned

Colorado News

More than 800 firefighters continue to work on containment lines for a wildfire in Salida, Colorado.

The fire has charred nearly 10 square miles of national forest land and has destroyed a cabin one other structure.

Its northern edge reached 2 miles south of Salida, forcing the evacuation of about 130 homes.

Unseasonably warm and dry conditions have fueled the fire, caused by lightning on September 8th.

It had been allowed to burn trees killed by beetles until high winds spread flames north.

Officials also are monitoring a 1.5-square mile wildfire on forest land 10 miles south of Rifle, which was also started by lighting on July 28th.

The second fire has also been allowed to consume dead timber.

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